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Old Church of Saint Werburg

A Grade I Listed Building in Warburton, Trafford

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Latitude: 53.4021 / 53°24'7"N

Longitude: -2.4573 / 2°27'26"W

OS Eastings: 369694

OS Northings: 389576

OS Grid: SJ696895

Mapcode National: GBR CY83.T4

Mapcode Global: WH98M.7R47

Plus Code: 9C5VCG2V+V3

Entry Name: Old Church of Saint Werburg

Listing Date: 5 March 1959

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1067865

English Heritage Legacy ID: 212951

Also known as: St Werburg's Old Church, Warburton

ID on this website: 101067865

Location: St Werburg's Old Church, Warburton, Trafford, Greater Manchester, WA13

County: Trafford

Civil Parish: Warburton

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Warburton St Werburgh

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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(north-west side)

5/194 Old Church of
5.3.59 Saint Werburg

G.V. I

Church, now redundant. Ancient structure mostly re-
constructed in the second quarter of C17; north aisle late
C16; west front and south aisle dated 1645, north transept
late C16, chancel and vestry early C17, sanctuary and tower
(at east end) 1711 on keystone. Ashlar sandstone, English
garden wall bond brick except for chancel which is Flemish
bond, timber internal frame, timber-framed north aisle and
graduated Kerridge stone slate roof. Nave with aisles under
same roof, and west door. South aisle has datestone over
blocked door leading to former gallery; one 5-light and one 2-
light double-chamfered mullion window with semi-circular
heads and one 2-light chamfered window of a later date. Brick
chancel aisle is roofed axially, built off a stone plinth
and has a 3-light flat-faced mullion window. The square
tower has 2 semi-circular brick arches at belfry level,
stone eaves cornice and 6 sugar loaf pinnacles. Its east
face has a semi-circular headed doorway with dated keystone
and oval light above. West end has 4 buttresses little
higher than the projecting stone plinth. The central
studded and cross-battened door has a chamfered semi-
circular head and 3-light window above (as above). North
aisle of 2 bays, close studded with middle rail with plaster
infill on a stone plinth each with a 3 or 4-light timber
mullioned leaded light and a blocked doorway (formerly to
gallery) in bay 3 with semi-circular head and carved
responds. Chancel projects slightly with coped gable and
kneelers and a 3-light east window. Interior: 2-bay nave in
which massive arcade posts support a tie-beam truss and an
arcade plate both with diagonal braces. Where the chancel
meets the nave a group of 3 posts on the north and 4 on the
south give evidence of various periods of
construction/repair. 3-bay chancel has braced tie-beam
truss with diagonal struts and 2 arch-braced collar
trusses. Bell dated 1575. Octagonal font. inscribed
"William Drinkwater the Keeper 1603". Jacobean pulpit,
altar 1645 and C17 turned-baluster altar rail which was
adapted to accommodate the choir seats in 1857. Box pews
1813. Stained glass east window by Wailes, and Minton
sanctuary floor tiles both 1857. Sarcophagus maybe C12.
Reverend G. E. Warburton, Warburton Old Church. Raymond
Richards, Old Cheshire Churches, 1973.

Listing NGR: SJ6969589575

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